Felix Meritis opened the new catering hotspot Shaffy Restobar on September 28, named after actor and singer Ramses Shaffy, known for his Dutch songs and controversial lifestyle. The fine dining Felix Restaurant is therefore moving out of the beautiful building. Clayde Menso, director of Felix Meritis, is happy with the choice. “Both Shaffy Restobar and Felix Restaurant are now a perfect fit for their location.”

Corona and reflection In March 2020, a few successful weeks after opening, Felix Restaurant had to close due to the pandemic. “We took advantage of this difficult period to take a close look at the existing concept. We came to the conclusion that fine dining was not entirely in line with the low-threshold Felix Meritis and its young programming," says Clayde. Shaffy Restobar And so Shaffy Restobar was born.

Clayde explains: “We wanted to create an accessible place where everyone feels welcome at any time of the day, whether you are walking by or attending one of Felix Meritis' programs.” The restaurant therefore received a small make over. “You can now sit in the conservatory with a cup of coffee and there is an attractive bar for special cocktails and bar bites. And of course there is the restaurant area with resto-bar dishes, where you have a view of the canal. In short, a place where anything is possible.” Chef Floris van Straalen Where Floris van Straalen previously held sway in Felix Restaurant, he is now also responsible for Shaffy Restobar. “The small dishes are all guilty pleasures for me. Familiar dishes, but just slightly different than you expect”, according to Floris. The chef has already earned his spurs at Oud-Sluis, Vinkeles and Pure C.

"Starting with the incredible location and interior of the restaurant which is truly mesmerizing. The restaurant offers a fun and delicious menu with a variery of great and innovative cocktails that go along with the food beautifully. We highly recommend it as it is a cool chic new hotspot in Amsterdam." 

Fun fact: Felix Restaurant will reopen next year in the new Pillows hotel at Oosterpark in Amsterdam.

 Shaffy Restobar is open from Tuesday to Sunday for coffee, lunch, cocktails and dinner. Every Friday from 5 p.m. the weekend is ushered in with changing DJs. On Sundays, there is a monthly lunch with a special theme, such as lobster or spare ribs. Reservations are already possible via the website

Timotej Letonja